Joe Biden Won't Win the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Here's Why He Should Run Anyway:
Vice President Joe Biden - Presidential Candidate?
It's Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away.
I will not vote for vice president Joe Biden. I am a Bernie Sanders supporter, and that is not going to change. I know that Joe Biden will not win the Democratic presidential nomination. As a Sanders supporter, I pray that Biden runs. His entry into the race will decimate Hillary Clinton's remaining lead. With the establishment vote split between Clinton and Biden, Bernie Sanders will win the presidential nomination. He will be the best Democratic presidential candidate since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
But, even if Biden does not manage to drag down Clinton, he should run for president. He should run no matter what. He won't win, but winning isn't everything. Joe Biden, despite being 72 years old, still has a lot of time left on this earth. Unlike most of us, he has the opportunity and resources to spend his remaining days with few regrets.
I believe that Joe Biden will come to regret not running for president if he chooses to avoid entering this race. He is on the cusp of entering the race, and to great fanfare. He is at his political peak, and he seems to be enjoying it. The public and punditry are flirting with a Joe Biden presidential candidacy, and the vice president is flirting back.
Biden has been honest about his reservations and hesitations regarding another presidential bid, which would be his third. His son died tragically in May, and he does not know if he has the "emotional fuel" to dedicate himself to a high-stakes campaign. Family considerations are weighing heavily on the former U.S Senator (D-DE), and he undoubtedly knows that his late entry into the Democratic field will ruffle feathers. Most Democratic insiders have already swung their support behind ailing frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and a Biden candidacy would challenge loyalties.
The vice president should ignore the ruffled feathers and challenged loyalties. He has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go out with a bang, to retire with no regrets. He will lose the race, but he will not spend his next 10-30 years wondering whether or not he did the right thing. I imagine that regrets are particularly cold on winter nights in Delaware. But giving his all in a presidential campaign, even one that is doomed from the start, would allow him to sleep soundly for the rest of his days.
And going out while helping Bernie Sanders, a true idealist, win the Democratic nomination? That's icing on the cake. Sanders' legions of dedicated supporters would champion Biden as a brave patriot, willing to take on the Clinton machine despite near-certain defeat. Biden's legacy would be improved, rather than tarnished, by taking on Hillary Clinton. Establishment pundits and Washington insiders would gripe, but the voters would applaud him. A Biden presidential candidacy would inject more competition, that most American of values, into the Democratic primaries. It would represent bravery, freedom, and exuberance.
Run, Joe Biden, run. I will not vote for you, but I will cheer for you. I will smile when I think of you feeling satisfied in your retirement. And President Sanders will always let you visit the Oval Office.